A loan of $1,800 helped a member to allow the community to treat their water to make it safe to drink using chlorine dispensers.


Susan's Group's story

Susan has 4 children, is 34 years old and lives in Isarara village in Kuria East, Kenya. Isarara village does not have a piped water supply so the community collects their water from Makonge Community borehole. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases meaning that Susan and her community may fall sick and become unable to work or attend school.

Susan works as a shop-keeper but has also volunteered her time to be the promoter for a new chlorine dispenser program that enables her community to drink safe water and stay healthy. Susan and other promoters in her community including Mary, Lucia, and Susan need a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers at the water sources in the area. Susan will encourage the community to treat their water using the dispenser and refill the dispenser with chlorine as needed. Susan wants to be a promoter because she believes continued use of the dispenser will promote good health within the community.

The Kiva loan will be repaid by Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) on behalf of the community through the sale of carbon credits. Using the chlorine dispenser generates carbon credits by avoiding the need to boil water to make it safe to drink. Revenues from the sale of carbon credits to organizations and individuals wanting to reduce their carbon footprints will be used to repay Kiva lenders and also to make sure that Susan’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.

In this group: Susan, Lucia, Mary, Susan



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